Battle is on to save Portsmouth Lloyds Bank branch from closure

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A CAMPAIGN has been launched against the decision to close the last remaining bank in a city community.

Lloyds Bank, in Eastney Road, Milton, has revealed it would be closing in April next year.

The news has prompted widespread concern from the community, particularly as the nearest bank afterwards will be in Palmerston Road, a 40 minute walk away.

Lib Dem members have handed out copies of a petition around local shops to rally the community behind the fight to overturn the decision.

Campaigners are dismayed a vital ‘lifeline’ is being taken away from elderly residents.

Lib Dem ward councillor Ben Dowling said: ‘The bank is a central point for the local shops.

‘The branch is an important asset for local businesses.

‘But also it’s the lifeline to the outside world for a lot of the elderly residents in the area, who otherwise don’t necessarily get that access to services they need.’

Lib Dem group leader and Milton councillor, Gerald Vernon-Jackson, wrote a letter to António Horta-Osório, group chief executive of Lloyds Banking Group, last year asking for assurance the branch would not close.

To date Cllr Vernon-Jackson has not received a reply.